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ANC calls for special prayers for Madiba

The ANC asked all South Africans to pray for Nelson Mandela and his health.

The ANC asked all South Africans to pray for Nelson Mandela and his health. Picture: Debbie Yazbek/Nelson Mandela Foundation/SAPA

PRETORIA - The African National Congress (ANC) on Wednesday called on all religious institutions to say a special prayer for former president Nelson Mandela who is recovering in a Pretoria hospital.

Madiba was hospitalised nearly three weeks ago due to a recurring lung infection.

He also had a surgical procedure to remove gall stones.

The Presidency said Madiba was in a serious condition but was making progress and responded to treatment.

ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza said they were closely observing the 94-year-old's condition.

"For the first time he had to spend Christmas in hospital. We have been calling on all South Africans and churches to keep him in their prayers."

The statesman was visited by his family in hospital for Christmas on Tuesday.

Congress of the People (Cope) also joined a host of political parties in wishing Mandela well.

Cope councillor Preddy Mothopeng said they held a night vigil for Madiba on Christmas Eve.

"We sang Christmas songs. South Africa is a blessed country of its diversity and its leaders like Tata Mandela."